Fire in vehicles caused by electric fault – 18033

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A request for information about vehicles caused by electrical faults – 18033

Ref: FOI/18033

RE: FREEDOM OF INFORMATION ACT 2000 REQUEST

I am writing to confirm that the West Midlands Fire Service has now completed its search for the information you requested on 26th February 2018.

Please find below a summary of our findings.

Request

I would like to request some data on the amount of fires in vehicles caused by electrical faults. It would also be great to know if you had any insight on why these fires start and if you’ve seen a particular increase in this causation of fire at all? If possible, it would be great to get some stats dating back at least to 2010.

Reply

The table below shows, by calendar year, the number of accidental vehicle fires where the source of ignition was recorded as “electrical fault”.

Yearcount of incidents
2010146
2011119
2012115
2013125
2014131
2015124
2016125
2017122

The next table shows the breakdown of what was recorded as “Cause”:

Row Labels20102011201220132014201520162017
Accumulation of flammable material21
Combustible articles too close to heat source (or fire)231
Fault in equipment or appliance (incl. overheating)6958495162606672
Faulty fuel supplies – Electricity25244754
Faulty fuel supplies – Petrol product111121
Faulty leads to equipment or appliance4932384336353126
Negligent use of equipment, appliance or heat source (not cooking)131
Other81041212385
Other overheating1081291091010
Unknown cause4243543
Vehicle crash or collision2141111
Grand Total146119115125131124125122

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